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Employee Benefits Lessons From My Mother

Posted on 05/06/2013

Human Resource Executive: My mom died. I’m sharing this information with you for several reasons; the primary being that my mother was an educator and encouraged me to talk about any lessons I learned from her experiences. I’ve used her permission with carte blanche over the last decade or so. And since I’ve entertained audiences with vignettes from my mom’s life, I figured I should equally inform people with the stories associated with her dying.

As coincidences sometimes happen, I became more motivated to discuss my observations due to a question I was asked. In the midst of my mom’s last few weeks, Bob Cochrane interviewed me about my viewpoints on health, wellness and prevention. He posed one question I did not anticipate: Should death be part of the conversation about health?

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